Reports From the Field

March 2008

Recent Actions in the Galapagos
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's patrol vessel, the Sirenian, is on active patrol in the Galapagos National Park Marine Reserve, and for the first time in a long time, all three National Park patrol vessels are operational. On January 27, the Panamanian flagged purse seiner, Maria Del Mar A, was caught by the park boat Guadalupe River 4.2 nm (nautical miles) inside the Marine Reserve, to the south of the archipelago . . . read more

Sea Shepherd Deploys K-9 Unit to the Galapagos
In cooperation with the Ecuadorian National Environmental Police, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has purchased six special police dogs from Colombia. On February 17, Sea Shepherd Galapagos staff member Michelle Castro flew to Bogota-Colombia, along with Captain Patricio Galiano from the Rescue and Intervention Group to select six dogs . . . read more

October 2007

Sharkwater Documentary Has Positive Impact in Ecuador
On October 3, 2007, Sea Shepherd Galapagos & Ecuador hosted the first screening of the acclaimed Sharkwater documentary in the capital city of Quito, Ecuador . . . read more

February 2007

Cruise Ship Discovery - The Self-Destruction of Tourism
Will mass tourism spell disaster for the fragile ecology and local economy of the Galapagos Islands? Read more to learn about how large scale ecotourism can do more harm than good if not managed appropriately . . . read more

Ecuador, Galapagos and IWC
Ecuador has a history of protecting whales within their territorial waters - including the Galapagos Islands (a Province of Ecuador) -as well as the many humpback whales that visit the Ecuadorian coast each year which are in danger of disappearing due to commercial whaling. Read more to learn how Ecuador can make a difference once again by joining IWC and casting their vote to protect whales worldwide . . . read more

Local Pilot Training - Aerial Surveillance
Aerial surveillance in the Galapagos Marine Reserve is crucial to the overall patrolling efforts and has proven quite effective at spotting potential shark fin poachers. Learn how Sea Shepherd is helping to provide continued aerial protection through our training program . . . read more

Rafael Correa - Ecuador Elections
The Galapagos Islands are a province of Ecuador and the Galapagos National Park has suffered over the last couple of years partly due to instability at different levels of the government. With newly elected President Rafael Correa, will we see a return to stability and stricter enforcement and application of the Ecuadorian laws that are setup to protect these enchanted islands? Read more to find out . . . read more

January 2007

Happy Holidays from the Galapagos Islands
Reporting from the field, the Sea Shepherd Galapagos Team is happy to report a successful year 2006 for the protection of marine wildlife within the Galapagos Islands. With the inauguration of the new Sea Shepherd field office in the Galapagos we have been able to kick start a new research and education program to help educate local children and tourists about conservation issues facing the wildlife of the marine reserve. Sea Shepherd has been at the forefront of shark conservation in the Galapagos Islands over the last 5 years and we are now going to increase our efforts in supporting the community of the Galapagos through the education of its children as responsible future environmental leaders and caretakers of the enchanted islands . . . read more

November 2006

Latin music sensation Kino Rankins speaks out about illegal shark finning practices within the Galapagos Islands
The music genre known as Reggaeton is sweeping through Latin America and many youth are embracing this music as their own. Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar Kino Rankins was invited to entertain Galapagos residents during the recent presidential campaign in Ecuador. Sea Shepherd Galapagos took the opportunity to invite Kino Rankins to sit down in our office and learn about the problems facing the Galapagos Marine Reserve - especially the threats of shark-finning. We asked for their support in sending a strong message to the youth educating them about the problems facing sharks in the Reserve . . . read more

August 2006

Sharks Under Attack in the Galapagos
Darwin's Finches, Giant Tortoises and Land Iguanas are amongst the most famous animals of the Galapagos. All are incredibly tame, fascinating animals that have suffered at the hands of mankind and have therefore become the focus of conservation efforts on the islands.

But there is much more to Galapagos than the 13 mounds of volcanic rock emerging from the Eastern Tropical Pacific 960km west of Ecuador. There is another Eden beyond the paradise beaches; a place that is talked about by divers as one of the "Seven Underwater Wonders of the World". This place, referred to strategically as the Galapagos Marine Reserve, is every bit as inspiring as the land that inspired Darwin's evolutionary theories. All you have to do is put on a snorkel and mask and go for a swim to discover acrobatic Galapagos Sea Lions, torpedo-like Galapagos Penguins and bumbling Green Turtles. But if there is one animal that can sum up Galapagos's unique placing as a marine spectacle, it is not turtle, penguin, or sea lion, it is the shark! . . . read more

July 2006

Paul Watson being interviewed in the Galapagos Islands
From July 3rd through July 14th, 2006, President and Founder of Sea Shepherd, Captain Paul Watson, was being interviewed by a French TV. Accompanied by the French TV film crew was Mathieu Mauvernay, Sea Shepherd France Representative, who helped organize this French documentary on Capt. Paul Watson in the Galapagos Islands.

Sea Shepherd Galapagos Director of Operations, Sean O'Hearn-Gimenez, and Sea Shepherd France Director, Mathieu Mavernay, met with Capt. Paul Watson to discuss future joint projects between Sea Shepherd France and Sea Shepherd Galapagos . . . read more

Captain Paul Watson inaugurates Sea Shepherd Galapagos Office
4 July 2006 - Sea Shepherd President and Founder Captain Paul Watson arrived in the Galapagos Islands on the 4th of July to meet with Sean O'Hearn-Gimenez, our Director of Operations in the Galapagos, to officially inaugurate our office. The new office is conveniently located adjacent to the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz.

"We have made great progress in solidifying Sea Shepherd's presence here in the Galapagos Islands and have successfully discussed our long-term vision and strategy for the protection of the enchanted isles with several local leaders including the new Director of the Galapagos National Park, Biologist Raquel Molina," said O'Hearn-Gimenez . . . read more


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